Six of the Best Day Tours to Take from Belize City 

by Tanya McNab

Although Belize City is typically a destination for those traveling for business, rest assured you will not be lacking your share of activities or sights to see if you are in the city. Since Belize is geographically small, day trips normally mean being on the road for just 2 hours or less. And if you’re staying in Belize City hotel, they can all easily arrange for a tour to pick you up and drop you right back off where you’re staying.  Below, find our top six recommended list of places to visit when in Belize City. 

Visit the Altun Ha Maya Site 

Altun Ha. Photo by CCL

Located just 25 minutes north of Belize City, the ancient Maya Ruin is home to the Jade Head, the largest piece of jade found throughout Maya communities in Central America. The climb is easy to moderate, but the view is worth it once you get to the top.  The site is open daily from 8:00 AM to 5 PM and entry is $5 US for visitors. 

Go to The Belize Zoo 

A jaguar experience at The Belize Zoo! Photo by Duarte Dellarole

The biggest little zoo as its affectionately called by locals, The Belize Zoo is located about 45 minutes West of Belize City and takes about 2-3 hours to explore the entire zoo. All wildlife housed at the Belize Zoo are native to the region. Tapirs, toucans, boa constrictors, harpy eagles, jaguars and howler monkeys are just a few of the many animals that call the Zoo their home. The zoo is open daily from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and entry is $15 US for adults and $5 US for children. 

Cave Tubing  

cave tubing

Cave tubing in Belize!

Ready to cool off and relax while floating down a cave system in Belize? Cave Tubing can be done from a number of locations in Western Belize, with no location more than 50 minutes outside of Belize City. Be sure to bring an extra pair of dry clothes because you will get wet!  

A Historical Walk around the Museum of Belize, Baron Bliss Lighthouse and Memorial Park 

museum of belize

Photo by Museum of Belize

For these two stops, you don’t even have to leave the city and depending on where you are staying it might even be within walking distance.  The Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina gives you a very short walking access to both the Baron Bliss Lighthouse and Memorial Park. 

Rum Tasting at Traveller’s Liquors 

The wide array of award-winning Traveller’s rum, from Traveller’s Liquors Ltd.

Featuring an inside look at the bottling process, product sampling, Belizean cocktail making tips, and opportunities to sample and purchase vintage edition rum. Traveller’s Liquors is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 5 PM.

Old Belize Adventure

old belize museum ride

Photo by Old Belize Adventure.

Take a step back in time to see the history of Belize in a unique and charming train ride tour, located about 4 miles outside of the city. After your tour, enjoy the Kukumba Beach and Marina where you can relax and soak up the sun for the rest of the day. Old Belize is open Tuesday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 5:00 PM and entry is US$10 for adults or US$3-5 for kids. 

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